Ventana Habitat & History: Natural Resources

 

From upland conifer forests and rolling, sunbaked grasslands to fog-shrouded redwood gulches and wave-beaten Pacific headlands, the northern Santa Lucia Mountains could be considered a “best of” compilation of California. The wide-variety of soil types, combined with elevations ranging from sea level to 5,862’ atop Santa Lucia (Junipero Serra) Peak sustain a diverse mix of plant communities which support an equally diverse bestiary of everything from the regal California condor to diminutive Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamander.

Following is a listing of natural history articles pertaining to this unique region of Central California. Many of these articles were originally published in the Double Cone Register (DCR), an occasional, web-based publication focused on the natural and cultural history of the northern Santa Lucia Mountains. A full index of DCR articles can be found here: The Double Cone Register

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Flora

Alice Eastwood’s "The Coniferae of the Santa Lucia Mountains", Rodgers 2006 (transcribed and introduced) http://ventanawild.org/news/fe04/coniferae.html

An Addendum on the Botanical History of Santa Lucia Fir, Abies bracteata, with Excerpts from the Notes and Letters of Early Collectors, Rodgers 1998

Jewel Flower (Streptanthus glandulosus), Rodgers 2006 http://ventanawild.org/news/spring06/jewelflower.html

Mimulus cardinalus (Scarlet Monkey Flower), and where in the California Coast Ranges did David Douglas Find the Closely Related Mimulus lewisii?,  Rodgers 2010 http://www.ventanawild.org/news/fall10/pdf/mimulus_cardinalis.pdf

Plants (along with lichens & bryophytes) of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve http://www.hastingsreserve.org/Plants/Plants.html

Plants of the Highest Santa Lucia and Diablo Range Peaks, California, Griffin 1975 http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/29964

 

Fauna

Amphibians and Reptiles of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve http://www.hastingsreserve.org/Herps/herps.html

Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society, Roberson & Tenney (ed.), 1993

Birds of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve http://www.hastingsreserve.org/Birds/Birds.html

Invertebrates of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve http://www.hastingsreserve.org/Invertebrates/Invertebrates.html

Faunal lists and Species notes from the UC Big Creek Reserve, University of California, Big Creek Reserve http://ucreserve.ucsc.edu/bigcreek/fauna/index.html

Mammals of the UC Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve http://www.hastingsreserve.org/Mammals/Mammals.html

Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamander, CaliforniaHerps.com http://www.californiaherps.com/salamanders/pages/b.luciae.html

 

Geology

Big Sur Geology Field Trip Guide, Jessey, Burns, et.al. 2003 http://geology.csupomona.edu/docs/BigSur.pdf

Geology of the Hastings Reserve, University of California, Hastings Reserve http://www.hastingsreserve.org/Geology/Geology.html

 

General

Cone Peak Gradient Research Natural Area Technical Report, USDA Forest Service 2004 http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/publications/documents/psw_gtr188/psw_gtr188_002.pdf